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Neumark-Sztainer, D., Falkner, N., Story, M., Perry, C., Hannan, P.J. and Mulert, S. (2002) Weight-Teasing among Adolescents: Correlations with Weight Status and Disordered Eating Behaviors. International Journal of Obesity, 26, 123-131.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/sj.ijo.0801853

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  • TITLE: Obesity: A Potential Pandemic for the 21st Century among the Youths in Zimbabwe

    AUTHORS: Esther Mufunda, Lynah Makuyana

    KEYWORDS: Obesity, Pandemic, Perceptions, Youths, Zimbabwe

    JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Diabetes Mellitus, Vol.6 No.2, April 29, 2016

    ABSTRACT: Background: Obesity is now reported as an epidemic in many developed countries, and it is an emerging public health concern in developing, transitional, and newly developed countries. The incidence of obesity increases during adolescence and persists into adulthood and becomes irreversible. In addition to biological causes like inheritance, cultural factors (such as dietary knowledge, attitudes and behaviours), socio-demographic factors may also play a central role in the etiology of obesity. The aim of the study was to describe young adults’ knowledge and perceptions about obesity, with a focus on comprehensibility and meaningfulness of obesity in their daily lives and its health implications. Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive design was used with 96 participants aged 18 - 35 years. The respondents’ body mass indices (BMI) were calculated from self-reported weights and heights. Descriptive analytical, statistical methods were used for data analysis. Results: The youths had good knowledge about obesity, its causes and associated complications. Generally, negative attitudes toward obesity were reported. Some perceived obesity as the ideal body image among today’s youths while others perceived obesity as something that was beyond their control. Identified knowledge gaps were in the area of obesity and nutrition knowledge, food preferences and implications to health. Knowledge deficit about obesity might lead to poor health-related behaviours with its associated complications. Conclusion: There is a need to intensify community-focused health education as a preventive strategy to empower the youths to take charge of their health and change their perceptions about obesity.